Pistachios really rates highly on all measures, making it a true all rounder and one of Canberra’s best restaurants.
Meals are well priced ($30 mains).
It’s BYO at $7 corkage.
Staff are friendly and service good.
Decor, though perhaps dated, still sets a good standard with thick carpet, white linen table cloths and soft lighting.
It has a true ‘Canberra’ quality, non-pretentious, stylish and confident, but conservative and not trendy.
The feel is relaxed yet special.
12 hr slow roasted lamb shoulder (excellent) Grass fed beef sirloin with garlic broccolini, blue cheese and herb butter, smoked bacon and potato (Mains $30 each)
Green beans with toasted almonds and parsley side $8
Serve sizes are generous. And so are all the extras at no cost like nuts as a starter (pistachios naturally), bread on the side and an exquisite chocolate with coffee.
But perhaps the absolute best things about Pistachio’s is it’s Trio of entrees ($19) and Tasting platter of all desserts ($19, best shared between too) a wonderful opportunity to try seven dishes.
Trio of entrees
Dessert tasting platter with poached apple with nut butter and rhubarb compote and oat crumble (an unlikely absolute stand out), passion fruit parfait (delicious), lemon verbena panaccotta and chocolate and pear gateau.
Dessert tasting platter with Macadamia nougatine with banana puree, Scottish shortbread, dried flowers, pop rocks and pistachio biscotti, Apple and lemon tart with sugar crust, saffron anglaise, nut butter ice-cream, Lemon syrup cake with mascarpone, strawberries,, oat biscuit, Dark chocolate hedgehog slice with chocolate ice-cream, caramelised condensed milk, warm chocolate sauce
And if you are sharing a couple of entree tasting plates between three, staff thoughtfully serve it very helpfully.
The food is of a very high standard and equal to other fine dining Canberra modern Australian restaurants.
While it’s a little out of the way, tucked away in Torrens shops, parking is very easy.